2015 has been a milestone year for global action on sustainable development, with the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, and most recently, the Paris Agreement on climate change. Through these covenants, the global community has signaled its commitment to moving toward a more equitable world, better adapted to its natural habitat, better prepared to deal with risks at all scales, and poised to provide greater opportunities for all human beings.
A critical corollary of this renewed and enhanced focus on sustainable development is the recognition of the important linkages between the health of people and planet. A side event at the Paris COP21 (“Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet: What is Next for Research and Policy”) explored these linkages, gathering major public health actors and introducing important new funding and research from the Wellcome Trust, the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, the Rockefeller-supported Planetary Health Alliance, and Future Earth, among others. UNU-IIGH Research Fellow José Siri participated in this event, presenting on “Sustainable Healthy Cities” and moderating a session on the role of foundations.